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Jamestown Newsletter, September 10, 2014


Wonderful Jamestown kid’s flood video

Jamestown Newsletter, August 25, 2014

Jamestown Elementary school reopens after flood

Denver Post reporter Lindsay Pierce has been covering the aftermath of the Jamestown Flood in a video series from just about Day 1. Lindsay’s latest story was the opening of Jamestown Elementary on Thursday. Featured in the story is Beth Brotherton who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the school opened on time. The community owes Beth a big debt of gratitude.  The Daily Camera also covered the opening,

Click the photo to see the school video and all the other Denver Post videos.


Lindsay Pierce at work.
merc photographer-PSedit_edit

A bitter sweet day

Today the flood-destroyed houses on Lower Main have started to be demolished. One is down in a pile of rubble as of now (2 PM) with more to follow today and over the next several days. While we knew this day was coming it’s a stark reminder that these were the homes of our friends and neighbors. One home owner told me that they made a last visit to their house the other day and standing in the destruction, tearfully remembered that they started their family there. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part is that of the homeowners I’ve talked, they are all looking forward to what comes next.

No photos are included out of respect.


Jamestown Newsletter, August 8, 2014

Let the watering begin

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

Hi All,

With the progress we’ve made on the repairs to the water treatment plant and the distribution system, we’re ready to allow people to begin watering lawns and gardens again. This will help us to process more water through the new filters. Please share this information with your neighbors.

Until you are notified we are still on a Boil Water Advisory.

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Tara Schoedinger

Trick question

Why did the old Jamestown water mains leak like a sieve on Main Street and there is great optimism about the new mains

Hint photos by Mark Wischmeyer.



Main Street in Jamestown closed next week; plan accordingly

From the Mayor of Jamestown:


This is to inform everyone that Duran and the Town need to close Main St through Town next week in order to repair service lines.

Main Street Closed (15th to Ward St)
Monday 7/28 – Friday 8/1
8:30am – 4:30pm
Expect delays outside of these hours

As we repair the drinking water distribution system in Town, we are required to meet current codes and standards which require the water main and curb valves to be 7 feet deep.  The old mains and valves were 5 feet deep at the most.  In order to restore function of the water system we are required to lower the ends of the private service lines to meet the new depth of the water main.  9 of the 22 water service lines on Main St are on the opposite side of the street from the water main.  For these 9 service lines Duran will need to dig a trench across the entire road which requires the road to be completely closed.

Duran is working closely with Boulder County Sheriff, Boulder County Transportation, Boulder County Transportation Communication, Left Hand Fire Protection District and Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department to ensure all agencies are aware of the closure.  Electronic signs will be placed at the bottom of Left Hand Canyon, Lee Hill Rd, James Canyon and the top of the switchbacks on Overland Rd.  Duran will continue to have traffic control in Town. This will NOT impact emergency services for anywhere in the Canyon or above.

Duran is working as hard as they can and will try to complete this work early.  Please be advised that if any issues are encountered it could extend the required closure.  Duran has run into unanticipated issues throughout this project such as radon, hydrocarbons and water that were not expected and required special mitigation procedures.  We appreciate how difficult this has been for everyone and we appreciate everyone’s patience during the Town’s recovery process.

Please call the Town Hall (303) 449-1806 or me if you have any questions.

Tara Schoedinger

Community meeting tonight

5:30 – 7:30 pm, The Merc, Jamestown

Jamestown Newsletter, July 18, 2014

Amazing but true

IMG_1009Holy mackerel!!!!! Jon Ashton was just at our house and we now have town water!!! Astounding progress. Our deepest gratitude to Jon and his team, Tara and the Trustees, and everybody else who had a hand in getting us to this point in so many domains, not just water. With all the dust, road closures/delays, beep-beep-beeping trucks, etc., it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. So, coming very soon to your neighborhood: town water!

Nancy and Steve


This is not trick photography. That is real town water coming out of a real faucet In Jamestown. Not any of that fake cistern water.

July 11, 2014. Another day to remember. Exactly 10 months from the day the rains first started.

The remaking of James Creek

April 25, 2014

June 22, 2014

Mennonite volunteers are at work

Mennonite Volunteer Services volunteers from all over the country are in Jamestown to help rebuild destroyed and extensively damaged homes. They are working on the damaged houses and then will turn to building new houses. They are residing at the school which has their mobile shower trailer outside. Their handwork includes the houses of Deborah and David, Jennifer and Chris and Mary Ellen, shown in these photos.

Click a photo to enlarge.

Town Water Start Up & Boil Water Advisory

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

As we prepare to restore water service to the Town, PLEASE READ this important information.  We will need to have everyone’s participation during this process.

The current schedule* is:

 Activity Duration
 Construction of temporary water line from WTP to Mesa St 6/5 – 6/20
 Restoration of the Town’s water tanks 6/5 – 6/20
 Replacement of the WTP sand filters 6/5 -7/4
 Activation of the water lines on Mesa, Spruce, 16th, Pine, Porphyry, Gillespie 6/30
 Construction of the water line and Ward St 6/20-7/3
 Activation of the water line on Ward St 7/3
 Construction of the water line and Main St (Ward to JVFD) 6/25-7/18
 Activation of the water line on Main St (Ward to JVFD) 7/19
 Construction of the water line on High St and 15th St 7/20-8/3
 Activation of the water line on High St and 15th St 8/4
 Construction of the water line on Lower Main St and 12th 7/20-8/4
 Activation of the water line on Lower Main St and 12th 8/4
 Construction of Ward St Box Culvert 6/30 – 7/17
 Construction of Gillespie Gulch Culvert (being redesigned) 7/26 – 7/29
 Construction of permanent water line from WTP to Mesa St 8/6 – 8/8

* Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Duran Excavating, the Town’s water distribution system contract, will notify property owners within 7 days of work starting on the water lines near your house.  This will include the dates scheduled for flushing and activation of the water main and service line for your property. You will be responsible for flushing and activating the plumbing inside your house.

Printed copies of the attached notice are available at the Town Hall.

Please contact me or the Town Hall (303-449-1806) if you have any questions.


Construction Update

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

These are construction notices from Duran Excavating (DEI). They are working hard to stay on schedule to bring our community home by August.

Ward St Distribution System and Road Repairs
Construction of the waterline will begin on Tuesday. It is scheduled to take approximately 2 weeks. This will include some road reconstruction, but it does not include the culvert for Little James Creek.

12th Street Road Repairs
Construction of the upper 12th St repairs will begin on Monday. It is scheduled to take approximately 2 weeks. This does not include the box culvert for Gillespie Gulch or the water lines. Those are planned for a future date.

During this construction there will be limited access between 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Home owners will have access, however there will be some delay. You should schedule about 15 minutes of delay.

Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions.


Tara Schoedinger

Jamestown Newsletter, June 13, 2014

Road updates

Road Updates submitted by Jamestown:

  • Emergency Asphalt Overlay: Boulder County has announced that they will do an Emergency Asphalt Overlay on Lefthand Canyon Dr., James Canyon Dr. and Fourmile Canyon Drive. This will include stabilization to sections of the road that have been undercut, and pavement in certain areas. The estimated project cost is $1-2M. To begin soon.
  • Travel and cycling restrictions on non-local traffic still in place on James Canyon Drive. The road will be OPEN to motorists and cyclists for the 4th of July.
  • Access to the Merc remains wide open!

Find Road Updates here.

It’s exciting to see the water work

It’s been a long winter but the drought is nearing an end.

Photos by Eric Flink.

Water systems repairs underway


Water restoration schedule announced

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

As many of you have heard me say before, our goal is to have our water and roads (not including Andersen) repairs completed by August so we can bring our Community home. This won’t be an easy process for our Community, but it’s necessary to bring everyone home.

We met with Duran Excavating yesterday, the contractor hired to repair our water distribution system and roads, to review their schedule. Work is beginning today. Their current schedule is:

Activity Duration
Construction of temporary water line from WTP to Mesa St
Restoration of the Town’s water tanks
6/5 – 6/20
Replacement of the WTP sand filters 6/5 – 6/13
Activation of the water lines on Mesa, Spruce, 16th, Pine, Porphyry, Gillespie 6/28
Construction of the water line and Ward St 6/14 – 6/27
Activation of the water line on Ward St 6/28
Construction of the water line and Main St (Ward to JVFD) 6/25 – 7/16
Activation of the water line on Main St (Ward to JVFD) 7/18
Construction of the water line on High St and 15th St 7/9 – 7/22
Activation of the water line on High St and 15th St 7/23
Construction of the water line on Lower Main St and 12th 7/17 – 8/3
Activation of the water line on Lower Main St and 12th 8/4
Construction of Ward St Box Culvert 6/30 – 7/29
Construction of Gillespie Gulch Culvert (being redesigned) TBD
Construction of permanent water line from WTP to Mesa St TBD


Please note that the TBDs are currently begin discussed with AMEC and Duran. The permanent line behind the WTP will be installed when the water level is down and it’s safe for Duran to work in the water.

Duran will be working 7-days per week from 7am to 7pm. These are the same hours as Colt & Steel.

Please note that this schedule will change as we get into the project. I sincerely apologize that things have moved quickly and I didn’t have a schedule to communicate sooner. I will continue to do my best to keep everyone updated as more information becomes available. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me. My cell phone works at home.


Tara Schoedinger

Jamestown Newsletter, May 19

James Canyon closed to non-local traffic

From Boulder County :

Due to continued recovery and repair operations associated with the 2013 Flood, Boulder County is re-establishing restrictions on non-local traffic, including bicycles. The restrictions are in James Canyon from the junction with Left Hand Canyon, through Jamestown, to the junction with State Highway 72 (Peak to Peak). Restrictions will go into effect immediately. Lefthand Canyon will remain open to all roadway users.

More here:

Small business grant application process is now open

From Erika Archer, Town of jamestown:

FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS – Re: The Small Business Grant (Application Opened Today)

1) If you are considering applying for the Small Business Grant (Recover Colorado Business Grant and Loan), please complete the “short” application TODAY. This is not the complete application, but a shortened version – and it will get your name in the system. We are being told that it is imperative that you get your name on the list as quickly as possible – filling out this short application will accomplish this: (you will need to click the “please navigate here” link on the third bullet point to set up a login)

2) In order to be considered for this grant, you must ALSO apply for the SBA EIDL loan. This is different than the initial SBA loan through FEMA that many people have already applied for. According to the SBDC (Small Business Development Center), this should be done “yesterday” (ASAP) – but it’s not too late. Here is the link to the EIDL loan info and application:

3) I have a sign-up sheet in the office to meet with an SBDC rep throughout the day on Thursday of next week. They would like to work one-on-one with people to get the Small Business Grant application completed, so please let me know if and when (what time) you could meet the rep at Town Hall on Thursday between 10-5

Town Office #: 303-449-1806 (Please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions!)


Looking down Anderson Hill


Jamestown Newsletter, April 20

Rocks for protecting and rebuilding Jamestown

Photo of rocks in the town square with happy Julie by Anne Breiler:



Watch the Spring runoff preparedness videos

Boulder county has posted these video describing preparations for Spring runoff.

IMPORTANT: Resident Preparadness

County Efforts

Come to another fabulous community meeting tomorrow (Tuesday)

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

This is a reminder about the Jamestown Community Meeting tomorrow night.

What: Jamestown Community Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 15 @ 5:30pm
Where: Jamestown Mercantile

  • Agenda
  • Jamestown Election Results
  • Announcements
  • Fundraising Events
  • Volunteer Coordination Update
  • Recovery Updates
  • Update on Road Designs
  • Update on Water Distribution System
  • Ben Johnson from the Forest Service
  • Community Forum on the speed limit through town

Please join us for an evening of Community at the Merc!


Tara Schoedinger

Town Square will be rebuilt with GOCO grant

From Wendy Stokes:

Here is some very good news! We have just learned that were successful in obtaining the GOCO grant to rebuild the Town Square! Vic and I went to Lyons this morning to hear the GOCO Board accept the committee’s nominations for 14 Flood Reconstruction Grants including ours.


Cycling restricted in Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon effective immediately untilMay 1

From Boulder County:

Major debris hauling efforts and other construction work in progress

Boulder County, Colo. – Lefthand Canyon from U.S. 36 to James Canyon, and James Canyon to Balarat Road will be closed to cyclists 7 days per week until May 1 while crews remove major debris hazards from the area before spring runoff and continue road construction.

 What: Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon temporarily closed to cyclists 7 days per week

When: Beginning April 4

Who: Cyclists

Where: From U.S. 36 to James Canyon, and from James Canyon to Balarat Road

 In order to expedite the hazardous debris removal by a May 1 deadline, and to mitigate a safety risk, we are asking cyclists to respect the temporary restrictions. We are also asking motorists to avoid the canyons unless travel is necessary.

“Due to unsafe conditions on the roadways such as steep drop-offs along the roadways from washed-away ditches and washed-away roadway shoulders, plus the increased volumes of heavy construction and road maintenance equipment along compromised roadways, so we can remove debris before spring runoff, we ask that cyclists stay out of the canyons if possible,” said Transportation Director George Gerstle. “While these conditions are experienced by both motorists and bicyclists, bicyclists are much more likely to have their safety compromised.”

Residents who need to ride a bike on this area for basic transportation purposes can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-3650 for a permit.

“Once we want to thank everybody in advance for their cooperation so we can address the risk of spring runoff as quickly and safely as possible,” said Gerstle.

We want to remind all residents that while we are making progress on repairing the roads, and removing debris, we still have more to do (please refer to for updates).

For more information about this temporary closure, call the Transportation Department at 303-441-3900.

Online at:

Bad road–exercise extreme caution

A section of the road is seriously undercut about 1.5 miles below Jamestown. The area is marked by cones and the county has been notified. Do not drive near the edge.

Photo by Mark Gosbee.


Thanks to the many volunteers who cleaned the creek on Saturday

The cleanup went on in spite of snow, sub-freezing temps, and frozen fingers.

Photos by Laurel Wanrow.

Community Meeting at The Merc today (Monday)

Community Meeting at The Merc 5 pm.
Open Jovan to follow.
Come get an informational update and stay to share a song.

It’s so nice to see you back where you belong

James Creek Today. Photos by Laurel Wanrow.

How to move a creek

Here is a handy guide on how to move a creek as documented in photographs by Laurel Wanrow.

Step 1: Place big yellow thing in post-Jamestown flood creek and start digging


Step 2: Tidy-up post-flood creek


Step 3: Dig channel for new creek


Step 4: Divert water to new creek


Step 5: Grade the road where the post-flood creek used to be


Step 6: Welcome town-folk to the new Ward Road with creek back were it started before the Jamestown flood


Spring Runoff work has started

Jamestown’s emergency spring runoff creek mitigation work has begun. Runoff is expected to begin May 1st, with a few potentially high days in April. Snow pack is 169-248% of normal this year. Two major projects have begun to prepare for the runoff: realigning the creek on Ward Road back to it’s pre-Jamestown Flood location; shaping and “hardening” the creek below Ward Road. Residents should be aware of the schedule below involving heavy construction vehicles.

These photos were taken by Laurel Wanrow.

65 Ward

62 Ward

Confluence of Little Jim and Big Jim


Ward Road Realignment: Monday AM – Tuesday

Surveyor will be staking and we will begin the road / river swap. We estimate this to be 2 Days. Road access will be unavailable starting at 51 Ward St and going up until this work is complete. (Todd talk to residents in cabins for 10 minutes)

Creek Shaping: Monday – Saturday
Continue working in the upper Reach areas above Ward Rd. with surveyor and excavation of channel. This will continue downward towards town all week as quickly as we can go. Any updates that would directly impact the residents I will let you know. Continue in the creek with surveying and equipment throughout upper reach sections and misc. work closer to town.

Rock Delivery: Midweek Planned
CDOT rock blasting and trucking the rock from Lyons to Jamestown is on track to begin mid week. We are in contact with CDOT and the GC, ACC in charge of blasting and loading. We are waiting for them to send us trucking waivers before we can begin the hauling of rock. Once we sign it I will notify you and then the town will see some trucks delivering the armor throughout each day. Once we have a feel of the loading time and the turn around time for each truck run we can be more precise in the trucking schedule for delivery times and let you know.

Traffic Sign Delivery & Placement: Monday or Tuesday
We have some traffic control signs coming to town as well. Please let the residents know that we may need to strategically place these in front of certain homes throughout the course of the project. We will be careful not to block driveways or place in a position that is line with any pedestrian access. As unattractive as the signs can be they are necessary to slow down traffic and to alert folks of the construction areas.

Fuel Tank Arriving: Monday
We are bringing in a tank for the heavy equipment most likely Monday. It is a self contained unit and will be parked in the staging area behind the trailer.

Volunteer Creek Cleaning: All Week & Saturday
Nina is planning a creek cleaning effort for this Saturday and possibly throughout this week. Folks can feel free to volunteer from here on out to remove any trash from the creek as we move through town. It will help keep the machines working and will also help to mitigate any trash from potentially being buried.

Jamestown Newsletter, March 15

Work to mitigate Spring runoff has begun

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

The Town Board awarded the EWP (Emergency Watershed Protection) construction work to Colt & Steel last Monday night. They have begun to mobilize today and will continue to do so over the next couple days, and then work will begin. With the weather so unpredictable, the timing of spring run-off unknown, the snow pack totals in our drainages and the temperatures fluctuating, they will begin work immediately.

Their working hours will be 7am – 7pm 7-days per week, weather permitting.

They will stage their equipment and materials at the Town Square, the Anderson Street right-of-way and the west parking lot at Elysian Park.

Please contact me or the Town Office if you have any questions.


Tara Schoedinger

Community meeting tonight (Tuesday)

From Erika Archer:

Hello everyone – This is a reminder that there is a Rebuild Jamestown Community Meeting tomorrow night from 5:30-7:30 at the Boulder County Courthouse (3rd Floor).


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